Famous Composers from Czechia

List of notable or famous composers from Czechia, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Czechia and even some popular composers who immigrated to Czechia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Czech composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from Czechia is included when available.

List is made up of a variety of people, including Jan Hammer and Leoš Janáček.

This historic composers from Czechia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Czech composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from Czechia?" These prominent composers of Czechia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Czech composers.

Use this list of renowned Czech composers to discover some new composers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. 

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  • Antonín Dvořák
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    Antonín Leopold Dvořák ( d(ə-)VOR-zha(h)k, Czech: [ˈantoɲiːn ˈlɛopold ˈdvor̝aːk] (listen); 8 September 1841 – 1 May 1904) was a Czech composer, one of the first to achieve worldwide recognition. Following the Romantic-era nationalist example of his predecessor Bedřich Smetana, Dvořák frequently employed rhythms and other aspects of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia. Dvořák's own style has been described as "the fullest recreation of a national idiom with that of the symphonic tradition, absorbing folk influences and finding effective ways of using them".Dvořák displayed his musical gifts at an early age, being an apt violin student from age six. The first public performances ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 62 (1841-1904)
    • Birthplace: Nelahozeves, Czech Republic
  • Beata Hlavenková is jazz pianist and composer.
    • Age: 45
  • Bohuslav Martinů
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    Bohuslav Jan Martinů (Czech: [ˈboɦuslaf ˈmarcɪnuː] (listen); December 8, 1890 – August 28, 1959) was a Czech composer of modern classical music. Martinů wrote 6 symphonies, 15 operas, 14 ballet scores and a large body of orchestral, chamber, vocal and instrumental works. He became a violinist in the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and briefly studied under Czech composer and violinist Josef Suk. After leaving Czechoslovakia in 1923 for Paris, Martinů deliberately withdrew from the Romantic style in which he had been trained. In the 1930s he experimented with expressionism and constructivism, and became an admirer of current European technical developments, exemplified by his orchestral works ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 68 (1890-1959)
    • Birthplace: Polička, Czech Republic
  • Eduard Nápravník
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    Eduard Francevič Nápravník (Russian: Эдуа́рд Фра́нцевич Напра́вник; 24 August 1839 – 10 November 1916) was a Czech conductor and composer. Nápravník settled in Russia and is best known for his leading role in Russian musical life as the principal conductor of the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg for many decades. In that capacity, he conducted the premieres of many operas by Russian composers, including those by Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov.
    • Age: Dec. at 23 (1893-1916)
    • Birthplace: Czech Republic
  • František Soukup is a singer and composer.
    • Age: 39
    • Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
  • František Xaver Dušek
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    František Xaver Dušek (German: Franz Xaver Duschek or Dussek); baptised 8 December 1731 – 12 February 1799) was a Czech composer and one of the most important harpsichordists and pianists of his time.
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1731-1799)
    • Birthplace: Czech Republic